Creation of the Satellite & In Situ Salinity Working Group: Understanding Stratification and Sub-Footprint Processes

Category : Cal/Val, Data, L2, Ocean, Satellite

Following the SMOS-AQUARIUS workshop, Jacqueline Boutin and Yi Chao have worked on defining the terms of reference for the SMOS AQUARIUS working group they co-chair, the:
‘Satellite & In Situ Salinity Working Group: Understanding Stratification and Sub-Footprint Processes’ (SISS in short).

With the help of Olga Hernandez, a mailing list and dedicated website have been established :
www.locean-ipsl.upmc.fr/SISS). The idea being that anyone can use the mailing list to exchange on SISS topics etc
You will find the charges or terms of reference on the web page!
So why wait: visit!

SMOS TRAINING SESSION UPDATE

Category : CATDS, Cal/Val, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Ocean, Tools, Training

Hello

We have received 40 applications for our training session! The choice , as we can only host 16, was very difficult.

We have thus decided to:

  • Select 16 with a small waiting list just in case
  • And to organise a second session for most of the rest during the first half of 2013.

All applicants will be individually noticed of course but we will request a quick confirmation

Stay tuned

Sincerely

the SMOS training team

SMOS TRAINING SESSION UPDATE

Category : CATDS, Data, L1, L2, L3, L4, Tools, Training

Dear Colleagues

As promised some news on the training workshop!

First of all we received many applications – still counting -  and we will have a difficult task selecting the happy few!

This will be done end of August with announcements beginning of September.

In the mean time here is the draft programme.

SMOS TRAINING SESSION
Toulouse, 5 – 9 November 2012

PROGRAMME

————————————————– Nov 5 ————————————————-

INTRODUCTION

AFTERNOON:

-    Welcome and overview over weekly programme
-    Distribution of material, allocation of computers, passwords, etc.
-    SMOS mission overview

————————————————– Nov 6 ————————————————-

FROM SATELLITE TO BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURES

MORNING:

-    Mission characteristics
-    Data access and selection of products
-    Brightness temperature reconstruction, calibration, corrections

AFTERNOON:

-    Visualization of the SWATH based XY Brightness temperature products
- visualizing product content using Beam (and SMOSVIEW TBC)
- what we know about RFI
-    HV Brightness temperature products
- from swath based products XY2HV
- angle binned brightness temperatures products
-    Analyzing product content with scripts
- from specs (INDRA ESAC) to reader using Python
- SMOS and modeled brightness temperature comparisons, SMOS angular signature over water, etc. using Matlab

————————————————– Nov 7 ————————————————-

FROM BRIGHTNESS TEMPERATURE TO GEOPHYSICAL PRODUCTS

PARALLEL SESSION 1: LAND PRODUCTS

MORNING:

-    The soil moisture retrieval algorithm
-    Soil moisture products visualization/content
-    Reading and analyzing data – RWAPI Matlab

AFTERNOON:

-    Running the soil moisture retrieval processor on custom data

PARALLEL SESSION 2: OCEAN SALINITY

-    The SSS retrieval algorithms
- In the ESA Operational chain
- In the CATDS Research Center chain (TBC)
-    The along swath (level 2) SSS product
- Definition of flags
- Impact of flags
- Calibration-validation using in situ SSS
- Reading, visualization under Matlab and Python

————————————————– Nov 8 ————————————————-

TEMPORAL SYNTHESIS PRODUCTS

PARALLEL SESSION 1 : LAND PRODUCTS

MORNING:

-    Multi-orbit soil moisture retrievals with SMOS – algorithm description
-    3 days, 10 days , monthly temporal synthesis products
-    Interactive visualization of the products using Panoply

AFTERNOON:

-    Reading and analyzing the CATDS Products
- Reading and analyzing NetCDF products
- Fast analyses using NCO

PARALLEL SESSION 2: OCEAN SALINITY

-    CATDS Research Center SSS maps (sortings based on yearly data set TBC)
-    Combination of multi-orbit SSS retrieved from SMOS ESA processor, importance of quality indicators

————————————————– Nov 9 ————————————————-

APPLICATIONS USING SMOS DATA

MORNING:

-    Overview of applications using SMOS products: data disaggregation, assimilation, root zone soil moisture, impact of rain on salinity stratification, tracking hurricanes, snow/ice
-    Feedback from CAL/VAL teams – an open round table

WRAP-UP

Russian floods

Category : L2

Southwest of Russia recently experienced server floods early July 2012.  The area  concerned by the events is situated at the border of the Black Sea, and the city of Krymsk has been severely  damaged. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2012_Russian_floods)

The following animation shows SMOS soil moisture (m3/m3), derived from July 4th to July 9th 2012 . The large dark blue area (July, 6th) corresponds well with the heavy precipitations reported for this region.

animation

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Satellite image (NASA EOSDIS LANCE-MODIS http://lance-modis.eosdis.nasa.gov/imagery/) the northeast coast of the Black Sea, acquired at 09:30 UTC Friday, July 6, 2012.

arnaud